Why is everyone sampling songs from the 2000s?

Think Vanilla Ice Cream Baby Ice Creamthat samples Queen and David Bowie Under pressure, or Can I hit him? by A Tribe Called Quest, which features key elements of Walk on the wild side by Lou Reed.


Anything can be sampled – from a beat or melody to a section of a song. It is then edited, chopped or looped to fit the new composition.

Technical developments have made sampling increasingly common, and it has become part of commercial pop music, according to Tracklib.

Tracklib analyzed all songs featured on Billboard Hot 100 list in 2021 and found that 14% of songs contained samples.

They also reported that over the past five years, more than half of each year’s top albums contained samples.

As the stats show, Jack Harlow isn’t doing anything cutting-edge. But First class is one of the most successful examples of the more recent sampling phenomenon where well-known songs from the 2000s are incorporated into contemporary compositions.

The other key difference with this current wave of samples is the amount of sampled originals. Instead of only using a bass line or a key section from the original song, these samples serve as the main source of inspiration for the composition of the song itself, rekindling fans’ nostalgia.

In my head uses the entire chorus section of the original song in its introduction, All night (dance) reworks the lyrics of Lopez and Pitbull’s hit, and Scrub not only samples TLC’s signature guitar riff, but references the original lyrics.

In a way, these new pop songs are closer to covers or remixes than riffs based on samples from the original. The refrain is often kept, and slightly reworked, to increase this feeling of familiarity. This raises the question of whether the trend is anything more than a cynical attempt to cash in on the nostalgic love of the original hit.

But the numbers suggest that new releases are helping listeners rediscover old tunes. According to data obtained by The Sydney Morning Herald and age there was a 53% increase in the number of flows of Glamour on Spotify after First class has been freed.

After the fall of Liilz Glad you came in March, there was a 7.2% increase in the flow of Glad you came.

TikTok has also brought the art of sampling to the masses: creators like Jarred Jermaine, who has nearly 3 million followers on the platform, share explanations of hip-hop samples, showing his audience where different samples.

And there’s no better place to do it than TikTok, an app that encourages users to reuse and re-contextualize viral sounds in their own videos. TikTok has its own sampling culture.


Just take the viral trend from Fleetwood Mac’s dreams, revived by creator Nathan Apodaca who played the song while skateboarding while drinking cranberry juice. After the video went viral, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors album returned to the Top 10 album chart in the United States, four decades after its release.

So what is the recipe for successfully capturing the new nostalgia trend? If Harlow is anything to go by, all you need is an up-and-coming rapper, a 2000s banger, and an app that encourages nostalgia revival.

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